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Put God First Mike Connell

Put God First

Mike Connell

Published December 27th 2012
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Put God First (Mike Connell)The number of times Jesus talked about wealth and possessions, stewardship and accountability, far exceeded any discussion on any topic. In fact theres about 10 times the number of references to finances and stewardshipMorePut God First (Mike Connell)The number of times Jesus talked about wealth and possessions, stewardship and accountability, far exceeded any discussion on any topic. In fact theres about 10 times the number of references to finances and stewardship and resources, than there are to faith and salvation, and yet all of these go together. Often the moment we start to talk about money, people freeze - and we will see why...Spirit of Mammon (1 of 4) The number of times Jesus talked about wealth and possessions, stewardship and accountability, far exceeded any discussion on any topic. In fact theres about 10 times the number of references to finances and stewardship and resources, than there are to faith and salvation, and yet all of these go together. Often the moment we start to talk about money, people freeze - and we will see why...Put God First (2 of 4) Ive seen too many rich people who had miserable lives to believe that money can really make your life happy. It just cant. God can make you happy, money cant. Money is just a piece of paper. Its some numbers in the bank. It cannot make your life happy. What it does instead is it tends to create problems.Generosity (3 of 4) We have seen many people that have had much money and yet they didnt have what money seemed to promise, health and prosperity and every good thing. It seems like it still eludes them, so we looked at that and saw that Jesus taught very specifically about us placing God first. To be generous is to be liberal. Its an attitude of heart that shows up in every area of your life including finances. Generosity exposes selfishness!Generosity (4 of 4) Theres something about generosity that creates a very sweet fragrance. When people give and theres nothing in it for themselves, theyve just given unexpectedly to you, then theres something sweet about it. Generosity usually exposes greed. God is love and you cant love without giving. You can give without loving, but you cant love without giving, so the greatest way we express the love of God to people is when we can be generous and kind to them with no agenda. Thats when people see God, because thats what God is like.Finance Seminar (Shane Willard)Shane Willard offers a unique Jewish/Hebraic perspective for Christians on Finance and Giving. Shane is mentored by a pastor with rabbinical training, and teaches the context of the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective. This perspective helps people to see Gods Word in a completely new way and leads them into a more intimate relationship with the Messiah, Jesus Christ.Finance (1 of 2) (Shane Willard) There’s a great cure for poverty, it’s called get a job, work hard. God never set himself up as the cure for laziness, or the cure for stupid. There is no supernatural, super-spiritual thing that over comes a lack of hard work or laziness. Weve got to be wise, which means staying out of debt, not putting money in things going down in value, not trusting the government to do it for us, live on a budget, take charge of your finances, show self-control! To know God, is to take care of the poor and the afflicted. Tsedaqah (Hebrew) is introduced, equating Righteousness with Generosity/CharityFinance (2 of 2) (Shane Willard) Were called to live on a circle in a square. A circle inside of a square is 79%. The math from the commands matches the illustration from agriculture. 2.5% is put in the hands of the Priest- then a tenth is given to the church- and a tenth for yourself, in the form of savings, but one third of that is given to the poor. He doesnt want you just to go to heaven one day, he wants you to bring heaven to earth now. If your first fruits are in the right hands, your finances cant die. You sanctify everything else in your life by honouring the lord with your first fruits.